Thursday, November 29, 2012

Barry Colpitts! Barry Colpitts! Barry Colpitts!

Did you know that Barry Colpitts has graced the gallery TWICE in the last few weeks with new artwork?!?!! This means that we can finally boast about having a proper, healthy collection of carvings by Mr. Colpitts. We have (amongst other things) little birds in cages, peacocks stacked high, pigs in pairs, hearty pink angels, and seagulls on a whale. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Meeting of the Birds

We hosted a meeting for Christmas birds this morning, and I'm happy to report that after an intensive deliberation and vote, the birds have decided to spend the holidays here at the gallery. 
 They've even agreed on making themselves available for purchase,
to brighten your holiday homes! 

You can see here that there were a few exciting, yet tense moments during this 
annual Christmas birdy conference...  

The Elected Christmas Birds upon Arrival
Careful Deliberation

Heated Discussions!
others waiting patiently outside the polling station to hear their fate!

Come by the gallery and see this new collection of Christmas birdies by 
Basil Doucette at the gallery. tweeeeeeet!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Last Call for Gordon MacDonald's First Workshop!

The first in our three part series on colour with Gordon MacDonald begins tomorrow at 6:30, so make sure you let us know today, or tomorrow if you would like to attend :) There are a still few spots left, so nows the time to take the plunge and treat yourself to an incredible lesson in Art!

FIRST LECTURE: Wednesday November 28th
Lecture and Demo on Colour and Perception
This is an affordable lecture, open to artists and non-artists of all skill levels.
Cost $50 tax included
Time: 6:30pm –8:30pm 
Please arrive by 6:15pm, as we would like to begin on time, without interruption.
Limit of 25 people

Friday, November 23, 2012

TONIGHT TONIGHT::: Steve Richard


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Personalized Holiday Cards!

So you've got that special someone, and you want to express your affection for them over the holidays.. but WHAT oh WHAT to give them?! A gift that is from the heart, a gift that is meaningful, original, and affordable... that's the ultimate goal, correct? Well now, it just so happens that we have a solution for you!

Once again, we're making few of our artists (notably, the incredibly talented Lindsay Hicks) available for custom cards. Created using your specifications and guidelines, these 5" x 7" cards are PERFECT for framing - they are after all, original artworks. Simply fill out the questionnaire below, and send it in to Or, just give us a call, and tell us what you'd like, and we'll arrange for it. Cards are only $50 each! Send us your order now, before time runs away.

TO:        ______________________________ 
FROM:       ______________________________

To help the artist create your personalized card, please answer any of the questions below:

What is your relationship with this person?

What are their Hobbies or likes?

What is your favorite memory of this person, or what would have been an exciting event in this person's life? 

Will you be picking up your card or would you like it delivered? Delivery is an additional charge. Provide Address information if we are sending

Phone Number/ Email for Notification when artwork is complete

Traditional, or other artistic Style (please specify)

Deadline for ordering cards is December 15th/Payment required upon ordering.

Contact Argyle Fine Art for More Details


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

UPCOMING SHOWS: Steve Richard, The Sensual World.

For those of you who fancy yourselves fans of photography, this upcoming exhibition is serious stuff, and is well worth your visit. Steve Richard is an absolute master of his medium, and is unlike any photographer we've ever represented. Rather than capturing beautiful moments that appear before him, he composes them himself from scratch. Also, there's no relying on post photo editing in his world, every photo is perfected on site through careful lighting and skillful photography. 

Have a look at this video, for a quick glimpse into Steve's world, and our upcoming show:


Friday, November 16, 2012

New Work: Brian Porter

Hold your horses folks, I know many of you have been waiting patiently for new pieces by Brian Porter, and I'm happy to announce that they've just arrived. Porter's newest collection is, in his own words, just where he's at right now.. wanting to turn back time and live a world that's seemingly more simple.These watercolour paintings are soul churning in their warm yet bleak colouring, but you'll need to see these in person to get a glimpse into the mind one of Nova Scotia's most incredible artists.. and certainly one of our all time favorites.  

"Riders Dismounting" Watercolours on paper 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" Brian Porter
"Edge of Town" Watercolour on Paper 5" x 13 3/4" Brian Porter
"Rifleman" Watercolour on Paper 8" x 10 1/2" Brian Porter
"Hunter With Dog" Watercolour on Paper 10" x 11" Brian Porter

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Works: Twila Robar De-Coste

These pieces are absolutely stunning new additions to our accumulating collection of holiday inspired artworks. These watercolours and acrylics really are perfect for gift giving... or gift keeping ;) and they so wonderfully highlight the beauty in our Canadian seasons. Twila Robar De-Coste has an incredible knack at painting little birds, doesn't she? 

 Mourning Dove (Moment of Peace) Watercolour, 8" x 11" $650 
              (Note: Photo taken with glass over the painting. Slight reflection is visible top)

Valley Gold (Female Cardinal)  Watercolour on Paper 6" x 10" $450 
     (Note: Photo taken with glass over the painting. Slight reflection is visible top)

                                      Winter Lady, Acrylic on Canvas 5" x 7" $375

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Join celebrated artist Gordon MacDonald for a special workshop series that will focus entirely on COLOUR. These workshops will be divided into three parts: The first will be a highly informative lecture/ demo on colour, and our perception of it in reference to painting. This lecture is suitable for anyone and everyone interested in painting – all skill levels are welcome! The second lecture will dive further into the study of colour and it’s practical application in painting. Finally, the third segment in this series will be dedicated to those who want to paint alongside Gordon’s instruction: working on a 4” x 5” surfaces and applying the information presented by Gordon in previous workshops.

Come to one workshop, or all three –

Gordon’s workshops make wonderful gifts too!!!

FIRST LECTURE: Wednesday November 28th
Lecture and Demo on Colour and Perception
This is an affordable lecture, open to artists and non-artists of all skill levels.
Cost $50 tax included
Time: 6:30pm –8:30pm
Please arrive by 6:15pm, as we would like to begin on time, without interruption.
Limit of 25 people

Either Tuesday, December 4th or Tuesday, January 8th
(date will be determined by demand and preference) This lecture/demo will dive deeper into the study of colour and perception. This class is perfect for anyone that has attended previous workshops by Gordon.
Cost: $85 tax incl. (or $150 for both second and third part)
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Limited space of 10 students.

THIRD SEGMENT: Painting with Gordon MacDonald 
Either Sunday, December 9th or Sunday, January 13th
(date will be determined by demand and preference)
Cost: $85 tax incl. (or $150 for both second and third part)
Time: 2-5pm
Please arrive before two, so that there is ample time to prepare your station.
A list of materials necessary will be provided to those interested in taking this class.
Limited space of 10 students.
If there are allergies or sensitivity to oil, please be advised these classes may not be suitable for you. The solvents and paint will be kept to a minimum.

All workshops will be held at Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS. There is plenty of parking around us for those who are driving in. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Argyle Fine Art at 902-425-9456 or email us at Payment is due upon registration.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kyla Francis - Halifax Glasswear

The highly coveted street scene glassware by Kyla Francis has recently arrived at the gallery, and I'm certain they won't last long! Glasses are priced at $20 each, and you'll find lots of beloved homes and buildings from around the city. North Street, Barrington, North Park, South Park... what a great way to treasure your home sweet home!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

New Works: Adrienne Godbout

We're lucky to have these two new painting by Adrienne Godbout in the gallery today - The first being "White House with Car and Shed" which measures 24" x 28" and the other called "Purple House" measuring 12" x 24" (framed).

It's absolutely gorgeous out there today, so do go and make your way downtown to have a look at these pieces in person. We still have our incredible Inuit show up on display too :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fancy Handpainted Moustache Pins by Nick Brunt

The moustaches of the world are working hard this season, trying to grow themselves into thick and memorable mouth toppers. Movember is upon us, and although most of us ladies aren't able to sprout a moustache that would rival a man's, we ARE able to purchase one of these super fancy hand painted versions by Nick Brunt. These pins are priced at $10 each, with a portion of the proceeds going towards Movember efforts (a very worthy fundraiser that raises awareness of prostate cancer). And for you men out there who would rather wear a fun pin, than produce an under the nose furry caterpillar, I implore you to try one of these on:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

TONIGHT!! John Houston: A Life in Inuit Art

Join us this evening for a very special showing of Inuit prints, 
tapestries and sculpture, compiled by John Houston. 
Opening Reception is at 7pm here at Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street.
 Talk with John Houston will begin at 7:15 
Pieces below are some of the soapstone now on display. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012


We've just begun selling vouchers, and they're disappearing really quickly!! So, NOW IS THE TIME to grab one while they're still available. 

What is  Pre-Shrunk?
Pre-Shrunk is an annual group show, in which ALL artists are invited to submit works that measure 4" x 5". This exhibition is our largest group show, and is often where we meet some of the provinces most exciting emerging artists. This show is also your opportunity to purchase a piece from your favorite established artist, at an affordable price. All works are priced at $175.
Last year, there were roughly 400 incredible original works to choose from, created by variety of talented emerging artists, and some of our most celebrated established artists. 

What is a Pre-Shrunk Voucher? 
Pieces from this exhibition sell quickly, so we've decided to offer our customers a chance to pre-purchase a piece, along with a place in line, for $150. Say for instance you've purchased voucher #5.. that means you would  be the fifth person who can choose from the entire show, and you'll be saving $25 while you're at it! All Voucher holders will be sent a link before the show, containing images of all the paintings.That way, you'll have a few days to think about which pieces you want :) All Voucher holders will also be invited to an exclusive showing, one half hour before the general public can enter the group show on opening night. Show opens on January 25th, 2013

There is still plenty of time to create your pieces for this annual group show. Here is the information you'll need when thinking about your pieces:

Call For Submissions

 Submission guidelines:

- Works must be created on a surface that measures 4” x 5”. 
- Artists can submit no more than five pieces.
- All work must be unframed
- If works are on canvas, we ask that you do NOT attach a hanging device
  (i.e.: wire or hooks – the gallery will take care of this for continuity)
- Submissions must be new, and have not been previously shown.
- Please include your name, phone number, email address, and list of   
   materials used.

Pieces that are selected for this year’s exhibition will be priced at $175 each, with standard 50% commission. Please bare this price in mind while creating your artwork.

To apply to this year’s exhibition, please photograph your completed piece/ pieces and send your images in jpeg format to Make sure files are a no more than 600 x 600 pixels. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT, January 7th. If your work is selected by the jury, you will be notified by phone or email.

SHOW OPENS FRIDAY, January 25th 2013

Please telephone the gallery, 425-9456 if you have any questions in regards to the requirements, as well as to confirm your participation in this exciting group show.
From the Girls of Argyle Fine Art,
Adriana Afford and Crystal Ross
Argyle Fine Art
1559 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 2Z7

Thursday, November 1, 2012


We are absolutely ecstatic to announce that Argyle Fine Art was voted Best Gallery in the Coast's annual best of Halifax poll, by kind folks like yourself. 
Thank you Thank you Thank you for taking the time to vote!!! We represent such an extraordinary group of artists, so we're just tickled pink about giving them their due. And now, if you don't mind giving us just this one day, we're going to go ahead and be boastful and obnoxious about how proud we are about these amazing local artists (Including best visual artist, Nick Brunt!!)
Alrighty then? Great. 

 HA! "dlog" should read gold... but you get the point here. We're happy :)
Now back to posting pictures of artwork, rather than ourselves. geesh.